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Super Study Skills
Laurie Rozakis, David Cain (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Book Description:

Super Study Skills shows students how to: Make the most of their time by getting organized; Read more effectively; Prepare for a test without last-minute panic; Take tests with confidence and skill . . . and study smarter for the grades they want. It also provides short answer and essay test hints so kids will be prepared for any test they have to take.

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The Study Skills Handbook
by Judith Dodge

Grades 4-8

Book Description:

Give your students the strategies they need to be more effective and organized learners. Includes dozens of classroom-tested tips to help kids of all learning styles get more out of independent study, reading and writing assignments, and homework.
Baby Einstein: Violet's House: A Giant Touch-and-Feel Book
by Julie Aigner-Clark and Nadeem Zaidi

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

Book Description:

Violet, a very curious young mouse, invites babies and toddlers into her home to explore, room by room, her favorite things. Delightfully written rhythmic verse and engaging illustrations lead children to discover the feel of objects that surround them in their everyday world. From touching Violet's fluffy poodle to joining her as she puts sticky toothpaste on her brush, children will want to visit Violet's House time and time again.

In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement
by Paula J. Giddings

Book Description

This history of the largest black women's organization in the United States is not only the story of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), but also tells of the increasing involvement of black women in the political, social, and economic affairs of America. Founded at a time when liberal arts education was widely seen as either futile, dangerous, or impractical for blacks, especially women, DST is, in Giddings's words, a "compelling reflection of black women's aspirations for themselves and for society."

Giddings notes that unlike other organizations with racial goals, Delta Sigma Theta was created to change and benefit individuals rather than society. As a sorority, it was formed to bring women together as sisters, but at the some time to address the divisive, often class-related issues confronting black women in our society. There is, in Giddings's eyes, a tension between these goals that makes Delta Sigma Theta a fascinating microcosm of the struggles of black women and their organizations.

DST members have included Mary McLeod Bethune, Mary Church Terrell, Margaret Murray Washington, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, and, on the cultural side, Leontyne Price, Lena Horne, Ruby Dee, Judith Jamison, and Roberta Flack. In Search of Sisterhood is full of compelling, fascinating anecdotes told by the Deltas themselves, and illustrated with rare early photographs of the Delta women.
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The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities
by Lawrence C. Ross Jr.

Book Description

This history of black fraternities and sororities confirms the underlying purpose of these institutions: to provide a supportive educational environment for their members during college and social and business networks beyond college. Ross notes the substantial variation on the specific circumstances behind the formation of black fraternities and sororities. For example, Alpha Phi Alpha was formed at Cornell University just after the turn of the last century to counterbalance extreme racial hostilities aimed at the few black students. Shortly thereafter, in the more protective environment of predominantly black Howard University, Omega Psi Phi was formed. More recently (1963), older commuter students at Morgan State formed Iota Phi Theta. The underlying theme in all cases was camaraderie with a special emphasis on providing support to minorities in hostile environments, whether on campus or the broader racial environment of the U.S. Ross profiles several members of black fraternities and sororities, many of them prominent, and notes the contributions the groups have made to black leadership in the U.S.
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